IT vendor IBM has set up 18 MobileFirst studios to accelerate mobile initiatives of enterprises.
The new IBM MobileFirst studios are located in cities including Atlanta, Georgia; Austin, Texas; Bangalore, India; Beijing, China; Boston, Mass.; Chicago, Ill.; Dallas, Texas; Ehningen, Germany; Groningen, Netherlands; La Gaude, France; London, UK; Melbourne, Australia; Mexico City, Mexico; New York City, NY; Sao Paolo, Brazil; Shanghai, China; Tokyo, Japan; and Toronto, Canada.
IBM also expanded its IBM MobileFirst Application Development portfolio and announced new industry-specific IBM Ready Apps.
The new offerings will assist developers from enterprise to design and deploy secure mobile apps. They can also prevent data leaks and vulnerabilities.
IBM Ready pre-configured apps can save clients up to 60 percent on time and resources. The IBM Ready Apps streamline design and enable organizations to customize their app once and deploy it to any platform or device. Organizations can also tailor the look and feel of apps and add features using built-in integration with common industry APIs.
IBM in a statement said it targets industry verticals such as banking, retail, healthcare, insurance, travel and transportation, government and connected devices.
Charaka Kithulegoda, CIO, Tangerine, said: “IBM will help accelerate our mobile app development and provide value to our clients through richer and more engaging banking experiences.”
IBM Ready App for Industrial, Connected Home users can control and configure devices throughout their home such as setting the thermostat, arming the in-home alarm system, turning lights on or off, and setting/adjusting appliance settings.
In addition, users can also view the amount of energy being used by a specific home device or in an aggregated view of all devices in the home.
IBM Ready App for Retail, In-Store Associate will help retailers benefit from the use of an in-store performance dashboard to track productivity, look up inventory and view store maps to analyze in-store foot traffic to prioritize customer service.